The hybrid radiologic technology program at University of Saint Francis combines asynchronous online learning with on-the-ground labs and clinical rotations.
Medical imaging is a crucial part of the diagnosis process. A career in radiology combines technology with patient care — and it’s a field that will see continued growth throughout the next decade. U.S. News & World Report ranks radiology and MRI technologists at #14 and #21 on its top healthcare support careers list for 2021.
Many radiology technologist positions require licensure. With an accredited associate-level radiology degree, like the one offered at USF, you’ll be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam.
national certification exam pass rate for USF radiology tech graduates for 21 years (1999-2020)
increase in demand for radiology/MRI technologists through 2028 (BLS.gov)
median national annual salary for radiology/MRI technologists in 2020 (BLS.gov)
Format: Hybrid (online courses; on-site labs and clinicals)
Length: 6 semesters (22 months)
Timeline: Clinical cohorts begin each fall
Earn a bachelor’s in advanced medical imaging – and expand your certification opportunities – in just one additional year.
Radiologic technology schooling at USF is high-tech and high-touch. This 6-semester program blends the convenience of a high-quality online learning environment with enriching, real-world experiences.
Small class sizes and accessible student services give you the personalized support you need to succeed. And, with a strong foundation in science and roots in the Franciscan tradition, USF’s radiologic technology program builds you into a skilled, compassionate healthcare professional.
You will build confidence and career skills with your professors and peers in well-equipped facilities at USF Fort Wayne and Crown Point locations, including:
Your hands-on learning goes beyond campus learning spaces; your radiologic technologist schooling also entails clinical experiences at places like:
Fort Wayne Clinical Affiliates
Crown Point Clinical Affiliates
Your associate degree in radiologic technology prepares you for imaging positions in hospitals, independent imaging labs, physician offices, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers and other facilities. USF graduates found positions in healthcare organizations such as:
As you gain experience, you may be eligible to move into supervisory positions in imaging departments or centers.
We interact with patients early in the program, which helps us get practice. The program is structured in a way that builds our confidence and skills. We learn something in class, and apply it in the campus lab, so by the time we get to clinicals, we’re functioning like professionals. I enjoyed the small class sizes that provided more one-on-one teacher attention. You are more than just a number here. The clinical sites offer opportunities to grow and experience many different working environments.
Melanie Correa ’21
Radiologic Technology major
The University of Saint Francis Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
A site visit was conducted in June of 2017. The program was awarded an eight-year accreditation. However, with the addition of the distance education and evening educational tracks, the program’s accreditation restarted, with a self-study report due Spring of 2021 and a site visit scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The program has developed a mission statement, goals and student learning outcomes that guide the program’s curriculum development, evaluation and assessment practices. In addition, the performance of the program is reflected through various program effectiveness data as defined, collected and reported by the accrediting body which is the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org.
Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of each of these measures is provided below along with corresponding program data. Questions about the data should be directed to the Department Chair.
The radiography program’s 2020 annual report to the JRCERT is reflected in the following:
The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 60%.
|Year||Number graduated divided by number started the program|
|2020||14 of 15|
|Annual Completion Rate||93%|
The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
|Year||Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number
attempted within 12 months of graduation
|2020||15 of 15 – 100%|
|2019||13 of 13 – 100%|
|2018||13 of 13 – 100%|
|2017||15 of 15 – 100%|
|2016||10 of 10 – 100%|
|5 Year Average||66 of 66 – 100%|
The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
|Year||Number employed divided by number actively
seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
|2020||15 of 15 – 100%|
|2019||13 of 13 – 100%|
|2018||14 of 14 – 100%|
|2017||15 of 15 – 100%|
|2016||11 of 11 – 100%|
|5 Year Average||67 of 67 – 100%|
The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis engages diverse, lifelong learners in an atmosphere of academic and clinical excellence permeated by Franciscan values. The department exists to support and serve the profession of radiologic technology in its growth and development within the healthcare community.
Consistent with the mission statement, the specific purposes of the program are to:
Students and graduates of the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program will:
In the state of Indiana, legislation prohibits the operation of X-ray equipment by unqualified personnel. You must be certified through the Indiana State Department of Health to seek employment as a radiologic technologist in this state. In addition, you must obtain a permit to enroll in the clinical courses of the Radiologic Technology program at the University of Saint Francis. You will file an application for a permit during your first clinical course.When you pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination, you will automatically qualify for state certification upon submission of an application and payment of the licensing fee. If you plan to seek employment outside of Indiana, you will need to research the requirements for holding a license in each state. Program advisers can assist you in investigating this information during the last summer session.
Mammography Policy Statement
The following is the Program’s clarification of educational practices surrounding the didactic and clinical instruction of breast imaging. In doing so, this represents no change or revision to our current method of delivery. It should also be noted that mammography is not a required competency for certification in radiography, nor is it required in the Program’s accepted curriculum model or the curriculum grid analysis of the Program’s accrediting body.
Breast Imaging will be taught in the Radiologic Technology program’s curriculum in the second fall semester in RAD 265 – Advanced and Therapeutic Modalities. All enrolled students, male and female, will receive a reading assignment, lecture instruction as well as a clinical laboratory demonstration of equipment and general procedure. Each student must complete a clinical checklist during the second year of the program.
In the clinical setting, mammography will not be a required rotation of any student. All students are eligible for an elective rotation the last summer session providing they have accomplished identified goals of the program’s clinical competency program. During the elective rotation, students may choose the area for the rotation and are required to secure the site for the experience, as well as, providing the Clinical Coordinator with the identified information. The Clinical Coordinator will communicate with the site in regards to expectations and evaluation of this experience. Students do not assist in or perform any aspects of patient care if this is an observational site.
Students that are pursuing a career in Radiography/MRI must be fully aware that MRI machines generate a very strong magnetic field within and surrounding the MR scanner. The magnetic field is ALWAYS on. Students while at one of our clinical sites must comply with that institution’s policies and procedures for safe operation. Carrying ferromagnetic articles or introducing them to the MRI scanning area is strictly prohibited. These objects can become projectiles within the scanning room causing serious injury or death and/or equipment failure.
Items that need to be removed are:
Pregnancy Advising Information
In accordance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NCR) Regulatory Guide 8.13, this information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant, is being provided to you as a future program student.
The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated date of conception (Form 8.7.1). The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information and counseling to the student (Form 8.7.2 and Form 8.7.3).
The pregnant student should follow acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically:
Students who become pregnant while enrolled in the clinical portion of the program have the following options available for progression:
Pregnancy Policy: Student Pregnancy Policy 8.7
Information defining and explaining the “Declared Pregnant Worker” has been established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 CFR Part 20.1003. This information is on the program’s website and reviewed during advising and included in the clinical orientation component of the program. Information explaining protection measures to employ if pregnant are provided during the program’s orientation.
The decision as to whether a female student declares pregnancy is considered to be voluntary. Should a student declare pregnancy, the declaration must be in writing and document the estimated date of conception. (Form 8.7.1) Upon receipt of this statement, the student will be required to purchase a second personnel radiation monitoring device to be positioned under the protective apron at waist level. The badge will be labeled fetal dose. The fetal dose will be monitored and shall not exceed .5 rem (5 mSv) during the entire gestation as stated in the NCR guidelines. Students who do not disclose a pregnancy are assuming all risks associated with continuing in the Program and progress through the Program will not be modified.
The Program faculty, upon notification of student pregnancy, will provide further information (outlined on Form 8.7.2) and counseling to the student. (Form 8.7.3) The counseling reviews with the pregnant student acceptable practices of radiation protection, specifically: 1) ALARA and principles of radiation protection; 2) minimize exposure time; 3) maximize distance; 4) utilize available shielding; 5) do not turn back to x-ray while wearing apron or wear a wraparound apron. Counseling also involves a review of the pregnant student’s clinical rotation schedule reassignment options may be agreed upon in order to reduce any potential exposure.
If at any point the declared pregnant student decides to undeclare pregnancy (which is possible under 10 CFR Part 20) that decision must also be in writing to the Program Director/Chair which sets forth the effective date of the change in declaration so that fetal monitoring may be discontinued. (Form 8.7.4).
Students who declare pregnancy may elect one of the following Program modifications:
Do X-rays pose danger?
X-rays can be dangerous if used improperly. The risk is significantly lowered when you use ionizing radiation in a safe and cautious manner. It is your responsibility to ensure that patients, coworkers, and you are protected from radiation as much as possible. The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis stresses the use of time, distance and shielding to accomplish low levels of radiation exposure. This means we minimize the time spent in the X-ray field, maximize our distance and use shielding whenever possible.
Do radiologic technologists wear Lead aprons?
If you have been to a hospital and witnessed radiographers at work, you will often see them wearing lead aprons or gloves. Simple guidelines such as wearing these protective devices protect radiology personnel from receiving any unnecessary exposure to radiation.
How will my radiation dose be monitored?
To help ensure that all Radiologic Technology students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are learning in a safe working environment, the amount of radiation received is monitored. You will be issued a radiation dosimeter badge. You are required to pay for the radiation monitoring badge and payment is included in Radiologic Technology course fees.
The Department of Radiologic Technology’s student radiation exposure guidelines are in accordance with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). The NCRP states, “The primary goal is to keep radiation exposure of the individual well below a level at which adverse effects are likely to be observed during his lifetime. Another objective is to minimize the incidence of genetic effects.” The department has guidelines and policies in place to ensure that every effort is being made to keep your dose of radiation at the lowest level possible.
Academic Responsibilities and Rights (Policy 2.2)Students have the following responsibilities:
The Department of Radiologic Technology endorses the following as supportive of academic fairness and responsibilities of its faculty:
The following section reflects students’ rights in academic policy matters and in JRCERT STANDARDS compliance issues.
Grade Appeal Policy and Allegations of Non-Compliance with JRCERT Standards
Students may not use the academic grade appeal procedure to challenge academic policies. See the guidelines for Request for Review of Academic Policy in USF’s Student Handbook.
A student may appeal the final grade for a course or any issue where the Department of Radiologic Technology is thought to be in non-compliance with a JRCERT STANDARD of accreditation.
Grade Appeal – Information Procedure
A student’s appeal of an academic grade shall be resolved solely and exclusively in accordance with the following procedures:
All “formal” grievances will continue under the policy and procedures for resolving academic grievances as they appear in the Student Handbook and/or Faculty Handbook of the University of Saint Francis.
Appeal of a Non-Compliance Issue with a JRCERT STANDARD
A student’s appeal of a non-compliance issue with a JRCERT STANDARD will proceed as follows:
Each meeting should be set up within 10 days of the previous meeting and a response in writing will occur within 10 days of the meeting.
Students may contact the JRCERT via email at: mail@JRCERT.org
Additional contact information is as follows:
20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
The Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology degree is awarded after the student completes the following requirements:
Radiography course grades will be recorded at the end of each semester according to the following grading scale:
F Below 69
In the radiography courses, demonstration of competency is accomplished when the student performs at a level of 80% or higher on examinations and laboratory assignments. This is a professional standard and for that reason will be different from the grading scales employed in the general education courses.Academic Standards (Policy 3.1)
Student grades are reviewed at the close of each semester and first summer session by the Academic Advisory Committee of the Faculty/Advisory Council. The Committee will receive reports generated by the Registrar’s office on all PRAD and Radiologic Technology students enrolled at the university. The academic reports will include GPAs, any D or F grades, and Radiologic Technology courses where students receive below the B- required, and withdrawals.
For a student to be in good academic standing in the Radiologic Technology program, the following criteria must be attained:
Students participating in clinical education will be required to complete various clinical obligations. Please see the list of the clinical requirements and fees. Refunds are not issued to students to withdraw or leave the program.
Documentation of the following due by August 1
Documentation of the following due the first three weeks of the fall semester
It should be understood by the enrolling student, that the affiliating agencies may withhold clinical experiences for students with the following records:
Without clinical experiences, the student cannot complete all aspects of the program, and will be dismissed from the program.
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